ATASCADERO, Calif. (AP) -- One of the two California Highway Patrol officers who investigated James Dean's fatal car crash has died. Ron Nelson was 94.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune (bit.ly/RS49U6) reports that the longtime Atascadero resident died Aug. 7, a week after suffering a stroke.
On Sept. 30, 1955, Nelson and another CHP officer, Ernie Tripke, responded to the collision of Dean's Porsche Spyder and a sedan at the junction of two San Luis Obispo County highways. Nelson photographed the wreck and helped write the report on the crash, which remains part of the Dean legend.
His son, former Atascadero mayor Rolfe Nelson, says his father was humble but would talk about the crash if people wanted him to do so.
Ron Nelson was also a Pearl Harbor survivor.
Tripke died in 2010.
Information from: The Tribune, http://www.sanluisobispo.com